Category: Features

Protesting injustice is a natural reaction! Halt all executions in Iran!

“We were tired of injustice in the country, and we went to the street to protest.” CODIR reject the death sentences handed down to three young protesters in Iran and calls for an immediate halt to their execution… Human rights […]

Freelance journalist who reported on strikers goes to prison for 5 years!

A freelance reporter has been given a five-year sentence for covering on a peaceful rally by striking sugar mill workers demanding their unpaid wages. Sepideh Qoliyan had to report to prison earlier this week to begin serving her time after […]

Iran: Authorities must tell family of forcibly disappeared prisoner the truth about ‘secret execution’

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 11 June 2020 The Iranian authorities must urgently clarify the fate and whereabouts of Hedayat Abdollahpour, a Kurdish prisoner, after local authorities told his family that he had recently been secretly executed, Amnesty International said today. […]

Iran’s women struggle for basic rights

2nd June 2020 The so-called honour killing of fourteen year old Romina Ashrafi last week, beheaded by her own father, has sent shock waves throughout Iran and across the world.  Even in a society as conservative as the Islamic Republic […]

14-year-old girl is beheaded in horrific “honour killing” incident!

A wave of revulsion has spread across Iran in the wake of the horrific murder of a 14-year-old girl at the hands of her father in a so-called “honour killing” in the north-western city of Talesh last week. Romina Ashrafi […]

Iran: Details released of 304 deaths during protests six months after security forces’ killing spree

20 May 2020, 07:07 UTC Amnesty International has released details of the deaths of 304 men, women and children killed by Iran’s security forces during last November’s ruthless crackdown, six months after the protests. The organization found that more than 220 of […]

Nurses denounce government betrayal

Employers have rewarded the sacrifice of Iranian nurses with sackings, unpaid salaries for shifts already worked, and revolving 89-day contracts – one day short of any job-security and rights. On Saturday 9th May, protests by nurses in Gilan province, in […]

Solidarity organisation calls for justice for imprisoned teachers

7th May 2020  Press release  For immediate use The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has appealed to trade unions in the UK to support the rights of teachers in Iran who have come under further […]

Iran: Leading teacher unionist arrested again

Education International and UK’s NASUWT, the Teachers’ Union have condemned the re-arrest of Tehran education union leader Esmail Abdi. Released on furlough on 17 March 2020, Mr Abdi had to report to prison on 21 April and was kept in […]

More than 40 workers of Urmia Petrochemical Company (UPC)infected with coronavirus amidst the lifting of Iran’s lockdown!

The Committee for the Defence of the Iranian People’s Rights (CODIR) has learned of the worrying development that, amidst the theocratic regime’s recent lifting of Iran’s lockdown – having claimed that it had somehow contained and countered the devastating coronavirus […]